The Department of Juvenile and Family Services is responsible for assisting Maryland's courts in developing a comprehensive family law system. The Department has overseen the creation of family divisions and family services programs statewide. The Department works with judges, magistrates, court administrators and family support services coordinators to develop family law policy and to identify and promote best practices in the handling of domestic and juvenile cases.

Mission Statement

The mission of family divisions is to provide a fair and efficient forum to resolve family legal matters in a problem-solving manner, with the goal of improving the lives of families and children who appear before the court. To that end, the court shall make appropriate services available for families who need them. The court also shall provide an environment that supports judges, court staff and attorneys so that they can respond effectively to the many legal and nonlegal issues of families in the justice system.